December 2, 2008 |
SO WHEN DID Bombay become Mumbai? Officially, in 1995, when the Hindu nationalist party Shiv Sena won elections in the state of Maharashtra. After the election, the party announced that the port city had been renamed after the Hindu goddess Mumbadevi, the city's patron deity. Federal agencies, local businesses and newspapers were ordered to adopt the change. Shiv Sena's leadership had pushed for the change for years, arguing that "Bombay" was a corrupted English version of "Mumbai" and an unwanted legacy of British rule.
January 23, 2009 |
EVEN THOUGH they may have, in part, inspired the most critically acclaimed, feel-good movie of the year, several dozen residents of the poorest section of Mumbai protested the award-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire" yesterday, calling the film's title insulting. The protest came amid mounting excitement for the film's opening today in India - where the movie is set and home to many of its actors. "I am poor, but don't call me slumdog," said Rekha Dhamji, 18, one of about two dozen slum residents who protested outside the home of one of the movie's actors, Anil Kapoor.
July 15, 2011 |
NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI - Indian officials said Thursday that the bombers who had traumatized Mumbai during the evening rush a day earlier appeared to be trained in handling explosives and had possibly used timers to synchronize the deadly triple blast. But they also said that investigators had not identified any suspects and that a soaking rainstorm had impeded evidence-gathering. As of late Thursday, no group had claimed responsibility for the three explosions that killed 17 people and wounded 131 in Mumbai, India's commercial capital, on Wednesday.
February 27, 2009 |
WITH A domestic gross over $100 million and a case full of Oscars, the stars of "Slumdog Millionaire" are the toast of Hollywood. In Mumbai, they're Lebron James, Beyonce, Brad Pitt and the Jonas Brothers all rolled into one. The child stars returned home from the Oscars yesterday to a chaotic but rousing heroes' welcome, with dozens of armed police needed to escort them through the cheering crowds. The four young Mumbians came out with arms around each others shoulders.
November 29, 2008 |
Companies in Philadelphia and worldwide were clamping down on travel to Mumbai yesterday, as the terrorist attacks in India reverberated on many fronts. GlaxoSmithKline P.L.C., which is based in London and has large operations in the Philadelphia area, said it had suspended employee travel to India for now. AstraZeneca P.L.C., which has extensive operations in Wilmington and a research and development facility in Hyderabad, India, said it had suspended employee travel to Mumbai.
November 21, 2008 |
It doesn't happen often, but when it does, look out: a movie that rocks and rolls, that transports, startles, delights, shocks, seduces. A movie that is, quite simply, great. Slumdog Millionaire , the epic yarn of a Mumbai street urchin who grows up and goes on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire - and then keeps getting the answers right, one stunner after another - is that movie. It's exhilarating. It's life-affirming. (Am I gushing enough?) It's about true love and destiny, about raging poverty and vast wealth, about the global powerhouse that is India in the 21st century.
October 9, 2008 |
If you're walking in Center City this weekend, near 16th and Market streets, don't mind the FBI helicopters overhead or the sounds of gunfire. "Don't be concerned, it's just a movie," said Sharon Pinkenson, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office. And it's not just any Hollywood movie. The feature is a Bollywood production - straight from Mumbai, India. It marks the first time a major Bollywood film production has shot on the streets of Philly. Thus, the men shooting blanks are not "SWAT agents" and the helicopters will be made over to appear as FBI aircraft.
October 15, 2011
Jagjit Singh, 70, a singer of wide popularity in South Asia who helped revive and popularize ghazals - a venerable form of Persian poetry set to music expressing the writer's feelings, especially about love - died Monday in Mumbai. The cause was a brain hemorrhage. Until Mr. Singh embraced the form, ghazal singing was followed largely by the elite. He helped bring it to a wider audience, including young people steeped in rock and hip-hop. With a hauntingly velvet voice expressing the brooding sadness and the lyricism of his songs, he performed to packed audiences in India, Pakistan and elsewhere in South Asia and released dozens of albums during his 40-year career.
February 5, 2012 |
Question: I'm an Indian national residing in the United States. I was scheduled to fly from Houston to Mumbai on British Airways recently. My itinerary involved a short stopover in London. In Houston, while checking in with British Airways, I was denied boarding because my work visa was not stamped in my passport. The original visa stamped in my passport had expired and I was traveling to India in order to get my renewed visa stamped at the U.S. consulate in Mumbai. I was carrying an application that permits me to continue living and working legally in the U.S. and to travel abroad.
November 9, 2010 |
I CAN BARELY listen to tales like those that Karen Fitchett tells of the horrors of the sex trade - the sexual enslavement of girls and women - in Mumbai, India. But if Fitchett is strong enough not to look away from a human-rights atrocity that needs international exposure, the least I can do is let her speak in this column. Fitchett, 48, is founder of the new, Philly-based U.S. chapter of Bombay Teen Challenge, an Indian charity that attempts, among other things, to rescue young prostitutes and their kids from misery in Mumbai.